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mitt romney was trying to pick up votes. fellow republican jon huntsman was literally running for the white house. in atlanta participants in the peach tree road race were trying to survive ten kilometers. an endurance test. nothing like nathan's hotdog eating contest on coney island. at d/fw airport in dallas american warriors got a hearty welcome home. and in afghanistan a group of american soldiers took this day to re-enlist. general david petraeus is about to become the next cia director and was there to say good-bye and thanks. >> and america can never thank you enough. >> reporter: america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud. even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> fox news is apologizing tonight for tweets saying president obama had been assassinated. the fox news politics account tweeted six reports that president obama had been shot and killed in iowa. but it was all a hoax. hackers broke into the account early this morning and sent out those tweets. fox news called them malicious and false, adding that it will work with twitte
mitt romney and jon huntsman met face to face. what did they say? >> it was a nice exchange, a nice greeting. wishing each other luck and being friends. that's the way that all the candidates on the republican side should be. >> reporter: halfway across the country in clear lake, iowa, two other candidates enjoyed the same parade though hardly the same crowds. >> hi there. happy fourth of july. >> reporter: the surging michele bachmann was surrounded by a sparkly throng of supporters and a sparkly new campaign bus. newt gingrich was surrounded by his wife and this sign. the fourth is a glorious day for all americans including candidates. for them, it may be a chance to take a break from their recent big obsession, cash. mitt romney expects to come in somewhere south of 20 million. tim pawlenty, jon huntsman and ron paul all way souththf that. around 4 million apiece. meanwhile, president obama could raise as much as 60 million, though he spent the day with men and women whose value is beyond priceless. >> i cannot think of anybody i would rather celebrate with than all of you, the m
was former utah governor jon huntsman, the most moderate of the candidates vying for the anti-romney vote. huntsman has already ruled out competing in iowa and understands new hampshire is a must-win state. >> it is absolutely central to victory. this is a state you must win. >> reporter: in iowa, which votes first in a presidential contest, candidates were fighting for the social conservative vote. there were long shots newt gingrich and rick santorum. as well as tea party sensation michele bachmann. a recent poll has the minnesota congresswoman in a statistical dead heat with romney while gingrich and santorum barely made a dent in the single digits. tim pawlenty also polled poorly there. he raised a disappointing $4.2 million this quarter and has had no public event over the holiday weekend. but those in the bottom half of the poll can take comfort in the fact that the early polls don't tell us that much. this time four years ago mike huckabee was way down at 4% right where rick santorum is today. huckabee ended up winning iowa. >> jan crawford in washington this morning, thanks. >>> j
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